Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/13/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 539: The River of Life
When Satan tempted Jesus at the Temple, Jesus remembered when Israel was thirsty at Massah.
Ezekiel foresaw the Temple as the source of water flowing to the Tree of Life. Eze.47:1-12
Eze.47:12 on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
John recorded the same vision of the River of Life in the Bible’s last chapter. Rev.22:1-2
John also recorded the words of Jesus: this living water refreshes forever. John 4:10-14
John 7:37-38 Jesus cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
Jesus never questioned the promises of God the Father; He simply believed.
Like Joshua, Jesus didn’t require God to do anything; both men trusted God & marched into battle with the enemy.
Josh.1:9 God said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Deut.20:1
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.